In things I'm loving

Things I'm Loving {February '18}



1.) Alexa 

I got Nathan an Echo Dot for Christmas at the recommendation of a couple friends. I figured since he's a techie person he would enjoy it. I did not realize that I would love her. Alexa is my new bestie, because every night before I go to bed I tell her to set some reminders.
So, since we moved into our house, when I get home every night I walk into the house and ask Nathan questions like, "When you got home from work did you remember to feed to dogs?" And the answer was always "No, I forgot." Now, at a time I set, Alexa chimes in the house and reminds him. The first day I did it I got home and asked, and for the first time got a "Yes, I handled that." Seriously, I didn't have to nag or remember to text him, Alexa got to nag him for me.

2.) Oh Wonder 

I had never heard of them until my friend Jessica Holly posted a song online because she was listening to it. And I became obsessed, memorizing the album in about 3 days.

3.) Photography! 

I'm not sure what changed, but suddenly I've found myself as part of the photography team at church taking pictures of the events. I've been taking my camera with me more regularly and practicing and improving by taking pictures of birthday parties and nature and anything else, and loving every minute of it.






So, what are you loving this month? Link up below:



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In 2018 things I'm loving

Things I'm Loving {January '18}



Happy 2018 friends! Here's what I'm loving so far in 2018:


1.) Frozen Lake Erie!

Since we're stuck in the cold, we decided to make the best of it and enjoy checking out frozen Lake Erie, which was breathtakingly beautiful.





2.) Growing Zumba Classes 

More people have been coming to my dance classes, which makes it even more fun for me!

3.) More people joining the team at work

For the last almost year it was only Annette and I in travel and expense, but we've now added an intern and a part time person and it's so wonderful to feel a little less pressure because there are more people to share the responsibility.

Are you a fellow blogger? Please link up below and let me know what you're loving!

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In 2018 faithf new goals New Year ul life year end

2018: Faithful

For the last two years I've chosen a word to work toward for the year.

In 2016 I persevered, knowing I would need to keep going through an additional surgery for Nathan, that I was in an unpleasant work environment, and that the year would not likely be easy.

In 2017 I flourished, deciding I was tired of just surviving and instead wanting to do more.

This year, I want to be faithful. In 2018, if all goes well, we should take placement of our first foster children, and we have no idea where this will take us. But since we believe that foster care is what we're being called to do in this season of life, when it gets hard, we need to be faithful.

We need to walk with the confident assurance that we are on the right path and in the right place for this season of life.

So this year, for the 365 days encompassed in 2018, I shall strive to be faithful.

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In 2017 Flourish

Ending the Year of Flourish

For 2017 I chose the word flourish, and for the first time in a couple years, we did.

Jace flourished in Kindergarten, learning how to make the sounds of all the letters and to blend them together to start reading. He's proved himself to be one of the stronger readers and seems to get along well with his classmates.



Nathan flourished his spring semester getting straight A's, while still working full time at the Hyatt. He built his own computer this year, after saving up months and months and buying it piece by piece.

I flourished by pushing myself out of my comfort zone, teaching Zumba each week whether one person showed up or twelve. I succeeded at my new position at Hyland, formed and fostered new relationships and friendships, and submitted some pieces of writing for potential publication.

As a family, we flourished by moving back into our own home and re-establishing our family unit. We began the foster care process, completing all our classes in October and continuing to work our way through the home study process. We added another fluffy family member, Maverick, and adventured around Ohio. We took a big family vacation to Florida, and then another trip back to the beach around Christmas.



Thank you 2017 for your opportunity for growth, for positive changes, for new friendships and stronger community ties, and for the opportunities to travel and enjoy being a family of three.

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